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« Reply #90 on: April 23, 2018, 09:17:13 PM »
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« Reply #91 on: April 27, 2018, 12:45:28 AM »
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #93 on: May 01, 2018, 12:01:24 PM »
I've joined a daily prompt challenge for May. The area where the works need to be posted is private, but I'm debating cross-posting to my blog as well. It's been a long time since I've done anything so consistent, and I'm not sure if I want to draw more than the necessary attention to it. >_<
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« Reply #94 on: May 06, 2018, 09:45:42 PM »
Apparently a romance author got a little cocky...

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« Reply #95 on: May 06, 2018, 10:24:58 PM »
^Not only did she trademark a word used by many other authors before her, and not only was part of her complaint about how people were being confused even though she also used the same stock photos that lots of other people did, but apparently the font she used for her covers and which she included in her trademark applications was a licensed one which cannot be included in trademarks. This whole thing is a mess... an entertaining one, though a frustrating one I'm sure for the authors who are caught in the middle of it.

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« Reply #96 on: May 06, 2018, 11:56:00 PM »
And away we go.

My first work is up. It has four major sections.

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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #97 on: May 07, 2018, 08:46:19 AM »
And away we go.

My first work is up. It has four major sections.

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Yay!

I'm doing a writing prompt challenge this month. The forum where those are posted is private, but I might gather them up and post them on my blog at some point. It also proves that writing consistently, every day, is harder than writing a lot in a single stretch.
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #98 on: May 07, 2018, 11:33:12 AM »
Isn't this just reproduced text or the language-letter script? ...
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #99 on: May 07, 2018, 01:41:00 PM »
And away we go.

My first work is up. It has four major sections.

https://archiveofourown.org/users/Parakeetist

Yay!

I'm doing a writing prompt challenge this month. The forum where those are posted is private, but I might gather them up and post them on my blog at some point. It also proves that writing consistently, every day, is harder than writing a lot in a single stretch.

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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #100 on: May 16, 2018, 12:58:42 PM »
I did a free translation of Quinto Império, by Fernando Pessoa, my favourite poet.

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FIFTH EMPIRE

Woe to him who lives in his house,
pleased with his own ground,
lest a dream, with mighty wings,
moves the reddest ember aswing
from his hearth to burst out!

Woe to him who is merry!
He lives as his days tarry.
His soul does not forgive,
despite the primordial query,
that entombed shall he forever live.

May the ages devour the ages blive,
lest the time of ages vanish.
To be disquiet is to be mannish.
May the eyes of the soul slive
blind forces that they be banished.

As the dreamly times are four,
they shall pass, and therefore,
the Earth shall stage
the clear day of the age
begun in the darkest night of yore.

Greece, Rome Christendom,
Europe — four empires deviate
to whence all ages are prone.
Who shall live the fate
that King Sebastian is gone?

Disclaimer: I was more concerned with style (including sound style) than rhyming, so many words sounds similar but aren't perfect rhymes. There may be some language mistakes, so I'd really appreciate correction.

Context: This is one of the main poems of his masterpiece (and one of my favourite books ever) The Message, which uses a late and peculiar form of symbolism to write an epopee about Portugal's past, present and future. In his poem, he refers mainly to the myth of the Fifth Empire, a millenarist ideology that moved the Portuguese Empire as the Portuguese believed they had a Biblical fate and duty to build the world fifth and last empire, synthesising Greek philosophy, Roman imperialism, Christian faith and European civilisation (the four empires). As in any other parts of the book, he also refers to King Sebastian, a king whose disappearance in battle led to a crisis in such a way that Portuguese folklore was marked forever by a long awaiting of his return. It even led to Civil War in Brazil three centuries later, as the army massacred almost all of 25 thousand people in the countryside that rejected the president as the Antichrist, believing King Sebastian would come to them, restore the Brazilian Empire in heaven and destroy the Republic. Nowadays, Sebastianism is still a thing in Brazilian and Portuguese traditionalism and maybe in folklore, but nobody really believes it, it's just a symbolic/post-ironic thing.
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #101 on: May 16, 2018, 01:15:49 PM »
Forgot a comma between "Rome" and "Christendom". A funny thing about the rhyming is that in the second stanza I rime merry, tarry and query, but I myself don't rhyme any of these words despite the fact most English speakers do. I had classes with teachers from many origins or simply many register preferences, so my speech is a mix of British, American and... Brazilian.

Also, I feel "pleased in" in the first stanza would have sound better than "pleased with".
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #102 on: May 16, 2018, 01:16:37 PM »
Maybe find a way to knock a syllable off of "begun in the darkest night of yore"?

That's the only style element that rankles me on the first pass through. I don't think there's anything wrong with a few hard rhymes.

I like it!
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #103 on: May 16, 2018, 01:17:04 PM »
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« Reply #104 on: May 16, 2018, 01:24:13 PM »
Maybe find a way to knock a syllable off of "begun in the darkest night of yore"?

That's the only style element that rankles me on the first pass through. I don't think there's anything wrong with a few hard rhymes.

I like it!
Yeah, it really got too long, in this part I tried to rewrite a lot of info at once and still rhyme. The two verses "the clear day of the age / begun in the darkest night of yore" is how I translated what would be in a very literal translation "the clear day that in the darkness / of the lonely night started". Maybe I should change "begun in the" to "since".
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« Reply #105 on: May 16, 2018, 01:57:34 PM »
Thanks for sharing this, Rapha. While I can discern the basic import, I think it's more obscure than necessary. It is of course really hard to keep rhymes and meter in a translation and still keep it intelligible and flowing well, so you have my deep respect for even attempting it. From what I gather, English is also a much harder language to rhyme in than Romance languages. Slant rhymes, half rhymes, and assonant rhymes can expand the palette considerably.

Woe to him who lives in his house,
pleased with his own ground,
lest a dream, with mighty wings,
moves the reddest ember aswing
from his hearth to burst out!

I hate it when people rewrite my poems for me, so forgive me, but this is just an idea of how I would do it:

Woe unto the homebound man
who sits content on wonted land,
lest a dream, with mighty wing,
fan the torpid hearth and fling
abroad a blazing crimson brand.


I won't do any more!

 



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Woe to him who is merry!
He lives as his days tarry.
His soul does not forgive,
despite the primordial query,
that entombed shall he forever live.

I feel like the last line should be, "that, entombed, shall he forever live?" My sense is that his soul is indifferent to this question, so the word "forgive" isn't the right one. I could be misreading this.

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May the ages devour the ages blive,
lest the time of ages vanish.
To be disquiet is to be mannish.
May the eyes of the soul slive
blind forces that they be banished.

While I've got no problem with archaism, I thinking rhyming two very archaic words (blive and slive) might be a tad too much and distracting. Normally we say someone is "disquieted", not "disquiet", so the third line might be better phrased, "to be disquieted is mannish." Another question is what "mannish" here means- masculine or human? If the latter, a different word might be better.

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Greece, Rome Christendom,
Europe — four empires deviate
to whence all ages are prone.
Who shall live the fate
that King Sebastian is gone?
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To deviate is to depart from the marked or normal path; in this case, they seem to be doing the opposite, following the normal path of ages/ empires. So maybe something like "incline", "tend," etc.

"Whence" means "from where" so saying "to whence" doesn't sound right if we are speaking of a destination rather than an origin. "To where" would work better.
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« Reply #106 on: May 16, 2018, 02:08:17 PM »
While I can discern the basic import, I think it's more obscure than necessary.
Oh, it is indeed very obscure, but in that I was trying to export to English Pessoa's style. He's a man of very styles, but in Mensagem, he's very mystic, symbolic and obscure.

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I hate it when people rewrite my poems for me, so forgive me, but this is just an idea of how I would do it:

Woe unto the homebound man
who sits content on wonted land,
lest a dream, with mighty wing,
fan the torpid hearth and fling
amain a blazing crimson brand.
Great one, thanks for sharing!

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I feel like the last line should be, "that, entombed, shall he forever live?" My sense is that his soul is indifferent to this question, so the word "forgive" isn't the right one. I could be misreading this.
I didn't put commas because the idea isn't that he lives forever once his entombed, but that he doesn't accept that at some point his happy life will be in a tomb. The happy man is troubled by the future in the tomb, so his soul doesn't forgive this idea. The original text says, literally, "nothing in his soul tells, more than the primordial lesson, to have a tomb as a life".

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While I've got no problem with archaism, I thinking rhyming two very archaic words (blive and slive) might be a tad too much and distracting.
It was indeed a stretch, but in this I was preserving his obscure, medievalish, style.

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Normally we say someone is "disquieted", not "disquiet", so the third line might be better phrased, "to be disquieted is mannish."
Indeed, "disquieted" would be better. BTW, this was a reference to his only book translated by someone else to English I'm aware of, "The Book of Disquiet". He wrote much in English too, but this work was only published by him in Portuguese.

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Another question is what "mannish" here means- masculine or human? If the latter, a different word might be better.
It should mean "human". What kind of substitution would you suggest?

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To deviate is to depart from the marked or normal path; in this case, they seem to be doing the opposite, following the normal path of ages/ empires. So maybe something like "incline", "tend," etc.
What about "conflate"? The original text has the idea that these four ages become all the same in the end.

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"Whence" means "from where" so saying "to whence" doesn't sound right if we are speaking of a destination rather than an origin. "To where" would work better.
Yeah, this part got me thinking whether I should use "whence" or "to whence". The thing is the preposition here doesn't refer to location, but to the expression "prone to". "All ages are prone to deviate thence", ergo they "deviate to whence all ages are prone". What do you think?

Thank you very much for all this insight!
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #107 on: May 16, 2018, 02:09:05 PM »
Maybe find a way to knock a syllable off of "begun in the darkest night of yore"?

That's the only style element that rankles me on the first pass through. I don't think there's anything wrong with a few hard rhymes.

I like it!
Yeah, it really got too long, in this part I tried to rewrite a lot of info at once and still rhyme. The two verses "the clear day of the age / begun in the darkest night of yore" is how I translated what would be in a very literal translation "the clear day that in the darkness / of the lonely night started". Maybe I should change "begun in the" to "since".

Yeah, that might work.
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« Reply #108 on: May 16, 2018, 02:46:26 PM »
While I can discern the basic import, I think it's more obscure than necessary.
Oh, it is indeed very obscure, but in that I was trying to export to English Pessoa's style. He's a man of very styles, but in Mensagem, he's very mystic, symbolic and obscure.

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I hate it when people rewrite my poems for me, so forgive me, but this is just an idea of how I would do it:

Woe unto the homebound man
who sits content on wonted land,
lest a dream, with mighty wing,
fan the torpid hearth and fling
amain a blazing crimson brand.
Great one, thanks for sharing!

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I feel like the last line should be, "that, entombed, shall he forever live?" My sense is that his soul is indifferent to this question, so the word "forgive" isn't the right one. I could be misreading this.
I didn't put commas because the idea isn't that he lives forever once his entombed, but that he doesn't accept that at some point his happy life will be in a tomb. The happy man is troubled by the future in the tomb, so his soul doesn't forgive this idea. The original text says, literally, "nothing in his soul tells, more than the primordial lesson, to have a tomb as a life".

Maybe something like, "...nothing in his spirit reaching/ for aught beyond the primal teaching:/ the tomb is life's eternal home."

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It should mean "human". What kind of substitution would you suggest?

Human or humane, if it can fit.



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What about "conflate"? The original text has the idea that these four ages become all the same in the end.

"Conflate" or "converge" would both work I think.

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"Whence" means "from where" so saying "to whence" doesn't sound right if we are speaking of a destination rather than an origin. "To where" would work better.
Yeah, this part got me thinking whether I should use "whence" or "to whence". The thing is the preposition here doesn't refer to location, but to the expression "prone to". "All ages are prone to deviate thence", ergo they "deviate to whence all ages are prone". What do you think?
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That has the implication of them returning somewhere. Maybe that's what you mean. Or the words you're looking for could be "thither" and "whither."
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« Reply #109 on: May 16, 2018, 02:59:28 PM »
Ooh, I got it. Thanks! I'll make some editions. I'll also change the last stanze to "of King Sebastian forever gone?", to add some drama, since the original poem emphasises that he is dead.
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« Reply #110 on: May 18, 2018, 05:37:13 AM »
Of lower quality than the last one, but I was bored and translated the opening poem of the same book, O Dos Castelos

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OF CASTLES

Europe lies, upon her elbows:
from East to West she gazes,
romantic hairs adorn her face's
Greek eyes so mellow.

Her left elbow is withdrawed;
her right elbow, angularly broad.
The first says Italy, in resting brace;
the second says England, where, at last,
her hand bears her face.

Her eyes, sphyngic and untame,
behold the West, future of the past.

O face, Portugal is thy name!
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« Reply #111 on: May 18, 2018, 09:22:51 PM »

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« Reply #112 on: May 18, 2018, 09:39:47 PM »
Poor Snookie...
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« Reply #113 on: May 18, 2018, 10:02:11 PM »
I don't get it (never watched Jersey Shore)... ???  :)

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« Reply #114 on: May 18, 2018, 10:12:30 PM »
I don't get it (never watched Jersey Shore)... ???  :)

She also wrote (or at least put her name on) two terrible novels.
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« Reply #115 on: May 18, 2018, 10:14:47 PM »
Ahhh, ok  8)

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« Reply #116 on: May 18, 2018, 10:27:25 PM »
Speaking of awful novels by celebrities, two text eviscerations of Tyra Banks's laughably self-indulgent Modelland!

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And yes, if I ever wrote an awful novel, I like to think I'd be chill about people making fun of it.* I mean, I thought it was kind of funny when someone roasted my bad creepypasta from 5 years ago. I'd be a hypocrite not too when I've loved MST3K like a woman all my life.




*Letting aside the fact that this is a millionaire narcissist and not a nobody.
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« Reply #117 on: May 18, 2018, 11:26:14 PM »
Just posted my new story today. Link is in my profile.
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« Reply #118 on: May 19, 2018, 05:02:26 AM »
Her eyes, sphyngic and untame,
It should have been "sphingic" rather than "sphyngic". Still a neologism, but now orthographically sound.
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« Reply #119 on: May 19, 2018, 03:23:50 PM »
Context: The original poem by Pessoa is a tribute to king Afonso I, last Count and first King of Portugal. He freed Portugal from the Kingdom of Leon and expanded it by conquering Muslim land. This is why he is called "father".

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Father, thou wast knight.
Ours is tonight's watch.
Give us thy wise swatch,
and the whole of thy might!

Grant us, that the horde
of infidels may keep regressing,
a blessing as sword,
a sword as blessing.

The only thing weirding me out a big here is "swatch". I'm trying to use it as a metaphor for "example" while rhyming with "watch". It's okay to me if it's weird, but not if it's unintelligible.
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #120 on: May 19, 2018, 03:33:32 PM »
If you don't mind a slant rhyme that screws with the meter a little, you could use "dispatch." As a noun it can mean a military report or a sending of someone or something on a mission.
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« Reply #121 on: May 19, 2018, 03:38:38 PM »
If you don't mind a slant rhyme that screws with the meter a little, you could use "dispatch." As a noun it can mean a military report or a sending of someone or something on a mission.
Oh, I'll consider.
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« Reply #122 on: May 19, 2018, 07:23:22 PM »
Is there a free program that auto-transcribes YouTube videos, even if only imperfectly? I wrote this parody creepypasta a while ago, but lost the text. I don't feel like hand transcribing it again (lost that too, oddly enough)

I'm not the YouTube guy. He read it at my request.
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« Reply #123 on: May 19, 2018, 07:28:09 PM »
Is there a free program that auto-transcribes YouTube videos, even if only imperfectly? I wrote this parody creepypasta a while ago, but lost the text. I don't feel like hand transcribing it again (lost that too, oddly enough)

I'm not the YouTube guy. He read it at my request.
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"May the Lord our God remember in His kingdom all Holy Catholic Apostolic Church, which heralds the Word of Truth and fearlessly offers and distributes the Holy Oblation despite human deficiencies and persecutions moved by the powers of this world, in all time and unto the ages of ages."

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« Reply #124 on: May 19, 2018, 07:39:24 PM »
Is there a free program that auto-transcribes YouTube videos, even if only imperfectly? I wrote this parody creepypasta a while ago, but lost the text. I don't feel like hand transcribing it again (lost that too, oddly enough)

I'm not the YouTube guy. He read it at my request.
Three points icon near "share" button -> "open transcript"

Oh....

*headdesk*

Thanks.
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Re: THE WRITERS' THREAD
« Reply #125 on: May 20, 2018, 05:52:06 AM »
Diane Duane's tumblr is a gift from above to all writers. Seriously recommend following her. This is a particularly bright gem among her hoard:

http://dduane.tumblr.com/post/173039795866/ive-talked-myself-out-of-writing-ideas-i-love
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« Reply #126 on: May 20, 2018, 08:15:30 PM »
That was really good and needed, thanks.
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« Reply #127 on: May 21, 2018, 12:48:32 AM »
I'm not a huge Stephen King fan, but I really enjoyed this memoir. It's full of great insights and excellent tips for writers.

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-10th-Anniversary-Memoir-Craft/dp/1439156816

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« Reply #128 on: May 21, 2018, 02:50:35 AM »
I'm not a huge Stephen King fan, but I really enjoyed this memoir. It's full of great insights and excellent tips for writers.

https://www.amazon.com/Writing-10th-Anniversary-Memoir-Craft/dp/1439156816

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I love that book too, yeah.
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« Reply #129 on: May 28, 2018, 08:11:12 PM »
I feel called out now. ;D

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« Reply #130 on: June 03, 2018, 11:21:47 PM »
The only thing worse than the "As you know..." info dump is the one where a character spits info at another character like they're ignorant of it, even though they should definitely already know it.

"These androids are killing our military preparedness!"
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"Why yes, General Harris. Believe it or not nearly 78% of the military* is now made up of androids."


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« Reply #131 on: June 04, 2018, 08:25:30 AM »
Hey, sometimes military appointees have no real qualifications and no idea what they’re getting into... “Stick close to your desks, and never go to sea, and you may be the ruler of the Queen’s na-vee!” - HMS Pinafore.

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« Reply #132 on: June 04, 2018, 04:19:00 PM »
The only thing worse than the "As you know..." info dump is the one where a character spits info at another character like they're ignorant of it, even though they should definitely already know it.
Medical dramas are particularly bad about it, where doctors all finish each other's sentences in epiphany voice while they talk in a circle about what symptoms a disease presents.
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« Reply #133 on: June 04, 2018, 04:33:51 PM »
The only thing worse than the "As you know..." info dump is the one where a character spits info at another character like they're ignorant of it, even though they should definitely already know it.
Medical dramas are particularly bad about it, where doctors all finish each other's sentences in epiphany voice while they talk in a circle about what symptoms a disease presents.

And forensics shows. And a lot of 90s episodes of Star Trek lol.
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« Reply #134 on: June 04, 2018, 05:27:48 PM »
The only thing worse than the "As you know..." info dump is the one where a character spits info at another character like they're ignorant of it, even though they should definitely already know it.
Medical dramas are particularly bad about it, where doctors all finish each other's sentences in epiphany voice while they talk in a circle about what symptoms a disease presents.

And forensics shows. And a lot of 90s episodes of Star Trek lol.
It's the best in sci-fi, where it's all gibberish and so the technique is completely unnecessary.
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